Portugal has a long tradition in wine making; in fact the history producing wine in this country comes from much earlier than the foundation of its Nationality. Portuguese wine comes from vineyards that are planted from the northern to the southern Portuguese regions. Although Portugal is a small country has a great variety of soils and climate as well as Portuguese wine varietals allowing a great diversity of Portuguese wines. In addition, there are several methods of wine making which have obvious reflex in the wine produced. Famous Portuguese wines include Port and Madeira, but lately it is their regular table wine that has been drawing attention.
Two of the most important wine producing areas in Portugal are Duoro in the north, the majority of grapes for port are grown in this area and in the south the large expansive region of Alentejo. Both regions produce fabulous wine for drinking and the following two staff favourites among the selection we have in the shop.
Quinta Dos Aciprestes Reserva, Duoro
This wine has an intensely aromatic nose with notes of sweet herb, inviting smooth milk chocolate and floral tropical fruit. The palate is rounded supple and vibrant, reminiscent of a Rioja Crianza. The tannins are silky smooth and the wine has a long lasting finish of luscious ripe red fruit flavours.
Pequeno Pintor, Alentejo
This is a fabulous to have by the glass, drinking beautifully by itself. It has a deep garnet colour and fine aromas, with a touch of dried coffee grounds. It is persistent and complex with ripe red berry flavours. The flavours are solid and reveal a touch of youth and fruitiness.